NAIROBI,Kenya- Malkia Strikers middle blocker, Violet Makuto, has continued to shine since she broke into the senior national women’s volleyball team last year.
The Kenya Pipeline player is basking in glory after she won her second Most Valuable Player (MVP) award this season when she was declared the country’s best at the Kenya Volleyball Federation National League play-offs that concluded at Makande Gymnasium in Mombasa last Sunday.
“I have learnt the value of hard work from my two sisters, Asha and Everlyn, they are stars in their own way in the game, they are the role models I keep on imitating everyday whenever I wake up,” the former Malava Girls student told SportPesa News.
Makuto’s exceptional performance this season did not come on a silver platter as she had to contend with waking up in the wee hours of the morning to do extra training.
“Any self-focused player will realise that whatever you do with the coach on the pitch is never enough. One needs additional sessions alone to perfect the technique.
“Besides, you should be a good listener, disciplined and dedicated in this field to start realising results,” the 24-year-old remarked.
Makuto added the domestic award to the MVP crown she took at at the CAVB Zone V World Championships Qualifiers held at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi in July.
Her marksmanship at Kasarani propelled Kenya to qualify for the CAVB Africa Nations Championships held in Yaoundé, Cameroon in October.
Makuto’s command on both sides of the net in Cameroon saw Malkia finish second to hosts to book a ticket for FIVB World Championships to be held in Japan next year.
The five times league champion indicated that a time has come for her to follow in the footsteps of her elder sister, Everlyn, who is a professional player with Chamalieres in France.
“But I would prefer going to Turkey than France. The level of competition in Turkey is high and facilities are great,” she added.
Following the conclusion of the league last week, Makuto’s immediate plan is to maintain her fitness as she focuses on the World Championships in Japan where she is hoping to make a mark.
“My advice to fellow players is that let us not forget personal training as we break for the festive season. We need to be on top of our game because Japan will not be a walk in the park,” she said.
Violet Makuto’s Volleyball Achievements
2013: Kenya Volleyball Federation National League Champions
2014: Kenya Volleyball Federation National League Champions
2015: Kenya Volleyball Federation National League Champions
2015: Kenya Volleyball Federation National League -Best Attacker
2016: CAVB Women’s Club Championships in Tunisia- Best Blocker
2017: Kenya Volleyball Federation National League Champions
2017: CAVB Zone V Women Championships in Nairobi-Most Valuable Player
2017: Kenya Volleyball Federation National League – Most Valuable Player